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Health Evolution Institute

An Executive Development Gathering for the Industry's Highest Potential Leaders

Connect. Lead. Transform.

The Institute is an executive development gathering for a select cross-sector group of the industry’s highest potential leaders. The Institute will equip these leaders, who are creating and transforming health care in today’s uncommonly uncertain times, with the network, mindset and skills necessary to lead health care into the future.


For a decade, Health Evolution has convened the nation’s senior health care leaders, creating settings and forums to address critical issues, advance thinking and stay connected. Candidates for the Institute are:

  • C-suites, EVPs and SVPs
  • Among those in the organization’s succession plan
  • Executives with substantive leadership experience and intent to contribute as a leader in the field
  • Interested in advancing health care leadership for tomorrow’s needs including a commitment to innovation, partnerships, transformational thinking and change
  • Individuals with strength of character, courage, humility, self-awareness and the ability to inspire
  • Committed to intentional self-assessment and meaningful growth for their career as a leader


Integrating the most critical health care issues with leadership advancement, Health Evolution’s Institute offers learning and connecting with the nation’s foremost leaders. 

Participants will emerge better equipped to lead health care organizations effectively in today’s uncommonly uncertain times. They will:

  • Advance their understanding of the most critical issues driving the industry and apply that understanding to strategy-setting in their organizations
  • Broaden their ability to assess and continually reassess strategies and innovation using a multi-sector lens
  • Augment their leadership experience through conversations with numerous deeply experienced CEOs
  • Gain insight into managing their own personal leadership journey and competencies
  • Develop a close national network of tomorrow’s health care leaders

Highlights from Past Gatherings

October 2018 Institute Agenda 

The Institute Founding Class gathered in Philadelphia to learn from top industry CEOs, share ideas and make connections.

April 2019 Institute Agenda 

The Founding Class gathered again in Laguna to dive deep and reconnect.


    • Nancy Howell AgeeNancy Howell AgeePresident & CEO, Carilion Clinic
    • David BrailerDavid BrailerSummit ChairChairman, Health Evolution
    • Bruce BodakenBruce BodakenSummit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor Former Chairman & CEO, Blue Shield of California
    • Aneesh ChopraAneesh ChopraSummit ChairPresident, CareJourney
      Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    • Nan DeTurkNan DeTurkInstitute Founding Advisor Former EVP, Chief Administrative & Strategy Officer, Highmark Health; Principal, 732 Clearview Advisors
    • Sean DuffySean DuffyCo-Founder & CEO, Omada Health
    • Brad FluegelBrad Fluegel Institute Founding Advisor Former Chief Commercial Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; Principal, BMF Advisors
    • Mark GanzMark GanzSummit ChairPresident & CEO, Cambia Health Solutions
    • Jason GorevicJason GorevicCEO, Teladoc
    • Nancy HamNancy Ham Institute Founding Advisor CEO, WebPT, Inc.
    • Stephen J. HemsleyStephen J. HemsleyCEO, United Health Group
    • Dan HilfertyDan HilfertyPresident & CEO, Independence Health Group
    • Colin HillColin HillChairman, Co-Founder & CEO, GNS Healthcare
    • Karen HorganKaren HoganCo-Founder & CEO, VAL Health
    • Paul KeckleyPaul Keckley Institute Founding Advisor Editor, The Keckley Report; Former Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Washington DC
    • Steve KlaskoSteve Klasko, MD President & CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
    • Bon KuBon Ku, MD, MPPAssistant Dean for Health and Design, Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Founder and director of JeffDESIGN
    • Steven S. MartinSteven S. MartinSummit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor CEO Emeritus, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
    • Janice NevinJanice Nevin, MD. MPPPresident & CEO, Christiana Care Health System
    • Robert PuglieseRobert Pugliese, PharmDAssociate Dir, JeffDESIGN, The Sidney Kimmel Medical College
      Founding Director, Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital
    • Nancy SchlichtingNancy Schlichting Summit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor Retired CEO, Henry Ford Health System
    • Mona SiddiquiMona Siddiqui, MD, Chief Data Officer, Department of Health and Human Services
    • Mark D. SmithMark D. SmithSummit ChairFounding President, California Health Care Foundation
    • David ShulkinDavid Shulkin, MD9th Secretary of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Glen TullmanGlen Tullman Executive Chairman, Livongo
    • Lew TrowbridgeLew Trowbridge Institute Founding Advisor Former COO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska; Chairman & CEO, Canyon Road Advisors
    • Paul TufanoPaul TufanoChairman & CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas
    • Kevin VolppKevin Volpp, MDProfessor of Health Care Management and Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), University of Pennsylvania
    • Krishna YeshwantKrishna YeshwantGeneral Partner, Google Ventures
    • Ellen ZaneEllen Zane Summit Chair & Institute Founding Advisor CEO Emeritus & Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Tufts Medical Center

The CEO has to be relentless about culture. Relentless.

Mark Ganz, Cambia Health Solutions

If I have one regret, it’s that I’m not 10 years younger. Because if I were, I could participate in the next exciting 10 years in health care.

Steve Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group

I think all leaders, even when you’re a CEO, need someone to talk to, and you should look for a mentor and safe place.

Nancy Howell Agee, Carilion Clinic

How many of you actually want to be managed? People want to be led, not managed. They want you to inspire them, train them, give positive advice. They want you to self-reflect. They don’t want you to manage them.

Steve Martin, BCBSNE